Panther Reads

“Where the Crawdads Sing”


Annika Pepper

Over the summer, guidance counselor Colleen Petty read “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delilah Owens. The book shows how abandonment and childhood trauma can have lasting effects in one’s life and relationships.

Caroline Hubbard, News Editor

Last  summer, guidance counselor Colleen Petty read “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

“I loved how it felt like I was right there in the story,” Petty said. “I really could imagine that I was standing on the bayou.”

The book is about a young woman named Kya, who is left to raise herself in the marshes of North Carolina when her family abandons her at a young age. She is involved in the murder of a rich man but was proven innocent. After she dies, it is discovered that she was the killer after all.

“I needed something to read by the pool, and I just love the setting of the book,” Petty said 

Delia Owens has a flair for nature writing, and her book “Where the Crawdads Sing” topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 25 non-consecutive weeks. She also wrote “Secrets of The Savannah.”

“I would say this book is definitely for adults or older teens,” Petty said. “It wouldn’t be rated R but probably not exactly [rated] G either.”

If you enjoy plot twists and descriptive settings check out “Where the Crawdads Sing.”